Initially unveiled in 2003, XIII was a fantastic shooter that, largely many thanks to a cel-shaded aesthetic primarily based on a French comedian, turned a cult vintage. In 2019 Microids declared a welcome remake of the sport, but then it arrived and… oh. Oh pricey.
Among the the remake’s crimes was an update to the visual type that frankly missed the issue. It moved a match that was beloved for its cartoony, vibrant fashion in direction of something a lot more like Zuckerberg’s horrible metaverse. I indicate look at this: just seem at it.
The remake was so undesirable, and reception was so unfavorable, that Microids and developer PlayMagic created an formal apology.
The remake was so lousy, in point, that in June this calendar year Microids declared a remake of the remake, with a new studio (Tower 5) powering it. And now this re-remake has arrived, replacing the original remake on Steam and showing as a totally free obtain for all current homeowners of the game.
For some explanation Microids’ YouTube channel only hosts the Swap trailer, which is what I have trapped previously mentioned, but from the to start with seconds this seems to be like it constantly should have appeared. Which is to say, just like the first sport but in Hd. The trailer provides you a glimpse of numerous of the game’s places, and the brighter palette is a environment away from the washed-out appear of the 1st remake.
It is not just about the visuals, possibly. The initial remake had loads of bugs and inadequate general performance problems, as very well as an audio mix that failed to reside up to the primary, and I experience kinda lousy getting dunked on it so a lot by this place. Credit where credit history is thanks. Some thing obviously went incorrect with this venture, and Microids failed to abandon it but resolved to try out and do it appropriate.
The XIII remake presently has overwhelmingly damaging testimonials on Steam. We will have to see if this significant re-doing the job can alter its fortunes but, just on sight by yourself, it appears to be so a lot nearer to what fans of the first usually wanted from this job.